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Two UTSA students die in traffic accident

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Sept. 6, 2007)--Two 20-year-old UTSA students, Candace Hoyt and Farhan Rana, died early Monday in a one-car accident. From Odessa, Texas, Hoyt was an anthropology major. A native of Pakistan, Rana was a pre-business major and a member of the UTSA debate team.

According to a Sept. 4 story in the San Antonio Express-News, Hoyt was driving a 1993 BMW south on Stone Oak Parkway after 1:30 a.m. Monday when she tried to turn west onto the Loop 1604 access road. According to a police report, she lost control of the vehicle, hit a traffic island and the car went airborne and ran into a concrete embankment. Examiners determined that the driver died instantly and the passenger died shortly after.

"What I most remember about Candace was her infectious wonder," said Deborah Wagner, UTSA anthropology instructor. "She was the kind of student who engaged her views creatively, courageously and unhesitatingly. I think this was what most endeared me to her -- her ability to speak her wonder without fear."

"Farhan Rana was a bright, energetic, charming young man with enormous potential," said Roy "Skip" Eno, UTSA debate program coordinator. "His bicultural experiences fueled wonderful discussions with his teammates and me -- perspectives that fostered increased understanding. We are all saddened that Farhan and his good friend, Candace Hoyt, will not be among us -- that his transition into adulthood and maturity was cut short. Farhan will be missed and fondly remembered."

"The hard part about this type of loss is that the two students involved were young and special in their own right," said Elizabeth Stanczak, licensed psychologist and UTSA executive director of health and counseling services. "We have a hard time saying goodbye to those who seem to have left us too soon. Personally, every student at UTSA is special and important, and we seldom miss the unique quality of our students. We mourn the loss of anyone from our valuable campus community."

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The Stages of Grieving

(defined by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross)

  1. Denial (This couldn't have really happened.)
  2. Anger (Why her or him? It's not fair.)
  3. Bargaining (I'll do this or that if you could just bring them back.)
  4. Depression (I'm so sad, so why bother to do anything?)
  5. Acceptance (It's going to be OK.)
  • There is no clear time limit for passing through these stages, nor a rule that one must experience each stage or in this order. For example, some of us move back and forth between denial and anger. With that said, grief is a normal, complicated and multifaceted process that may look different from one person to the next and from one culture to another.
  • Grief can be experienced in many ways, but few will experience grief for an extended period of time or to the extent that they cannot continue with their lives.
  • When grief affects someone to the extent that they feel a need for help, UTSA Counseling Services is ready to provide assistance, support, counseling and guidance through the process if it is needed or wanted.

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